Saturday, November 30, 2013

Weekend Cooking - 11/30/13

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Anyone who knows me AT ALL knows that I am not a cook!  I am known for my exceptional mac 'n cheese, boxed version, only slightly charred on the bottom and perhaps my burnt water. That's 'bout it folks.

But I have now been bitten by the slow cooker / crock pot craze!

I've pinned a ton of potential recipes to my "set up solely for this purpose" Pinterest account, purchased a relatively fancy pot, and dunked my toe in slowly. Wednesday, I cooked a beef stew.... Someone should have told me that dried herbs are much stronger than fresh - holy thyme Batman! By the second day, it was edible. 

Yesterday, I made corned beef and cabbage (which my grandmother made my whole life and I loved).  The corned beef didn't come with a spice packet as indicated. We did a quick internet search and faked it the best we could with what was on hand.  It tasted a bit too...Christmasy for me. Too much cinnamon? Not sure. But it was edible and I actually quite liked it. The hubby...has decided he does not like cooked cabbage. Hmmm...

Today, I am falling back to my safety pasta zone and attempting a spinach lasagne. And...


It was delicious!

5 comments:

Beth F said...

Thanks for sharing your kitchen adventures! Most of the trick of cooking is practice and experience. I like the look of your fancy slow cooker. I have an older one, but it works so well, I don't want to replace it.

Joy said...

I've considered getting a slow cooker. Looks like it's working out well for you!

Joy's Book Blog

bookdout said...


I don't use my slow cooker nearly enough, congrats on your successes with it

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Louise said...

Your spinach lasagna looks great. I did have a slow cooker many years ago, but didn't really use it. It's certainly working out for you.

Heather said...

I agree with Beth, the more you do it, the better you get at it and at determining what tastes your family like. I go through phases where I'll use the crock pot frequently. Ground beef and lentils together seem to go over well at my house.